I have used point and shoot for the past 15 or so years, previous experience with film SLR, all Canon cameras. Now I am looking at taking the DSLR plunge.
Mostly my photos are snapshots of the kids, vacation, etc. However, with 5 kids, we have some huge special events coming up and I want to invest in a camera that will take the best pictures with the least amount of learning for me. Each event/concert/ceremony/formation has its own challenges and I need to get and learn to use a camera that will capture these memories for me. I also do a little video, mostly indoors, low-light.
The main reason I was looking at the D7000 instead of D5100 (or 60D from T3i) is the increase in focus points. Also, the decrease in noise at longer distance shots because my son's Naval Academy events are frequently taken from quite a distance. I am hesitating to upgrade because of the articulating screen on the 5100 but not the d7000.
The D7000 and an extra lens (55-200 or 55-300) would be the absolute top of my spending limit, which is why I was considering the Canon 60D, it is $300 less. Is this a $300 well spent or will the 60D serve me just as well? Being my first DSLR, I doubt I would use any of my older Canon lenses.
EDITED because I researched some more threads (sorry, should have done that sooner) and have clarified what I need help with which is pretty much what I listed in the two paragraphs above this one.